I reviewed TeenSphere several months ago. After a group discussion about social well being apps, I went back to this app again. I saw significant updates that worth a review update.
TeenSphere is an app teens can use to access help and consulting to sensitive and challenging questions they face in everyday life. Some example questions are “I feel really moody – what’s going on?”, “I feel sad a lot. Am I depressed?” The app provides answers to these questions without judgments. It tells the kids what is going on in their body, what is normal, what is not normal, what they can do to help themselves, what are the resources that can be helpful (such as website, books, 800 numbers to call), what are the signs that they should start seeking adults and professionals’ help.
The app is designed by licensed psychotherapist who worked with kids for years. The topics it covers are all from teens’ real life concerns and worries. Originally there are 8 categories of questions: Feelings, Bullying, Self-harm, Eating disorders, Relationships, Stress, Self-esteem, Drugs/alcohol. With the new update, they added a new category LGBT. The content is very professional, and the writing is very easy to follow, but pretty formal, which some teens may not like.
What I like the most about this app is the teens can access the app discretely from the privacy of their cell phones. Most of the questions addressed here are quite sensitive, and many teens are not comfortable talking about these with parents or professionals. This could be an effective tool for them to learn about themselves and to take appropriate actions if necessary.
Compared to several months ago, I am quite impressed at how much improvement they’ve made: new graphics, new interface, and a new category of content (LGBT). When I first reviewed, it only worked on iPhone, now it also works on iPAD. With all the upgrades, the cost is still the same $0.99. With all the benefits it offers, this is considered a great value.
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